Word 2010 - "Running Virus Scan" Message in Status Bar

When I open a document, even a small one, it seems to take a long time to open.  I see the "running virus scan" message in the status bar during this time.  This seems to be a recent development.  
1. Have I always had this turned on?  
2.  Do I need it?  I'm using Norton 2013 Internet Security.
3. Should I  or Could I turn it off?
brothertruffle880Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Norton will be doing scans on startup and as files come and go, so there probably is not a need to scan it every time.

However, what might have changed?  You might do a scan now of the folder that contains this document and see if there is a problem.

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brothertruffle880Author Commented:
IS the message that appears in the Word status bar from Norton?
Or from MS Office/Word?
How can I turn this off?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you only have the one AV application then yes it will be from Norton. I used to see that on slow computers, but I use Symantec now on fast computers and do not see that.

Check the Scan function in Norton to see when it is scanning.

Check the Exclusion function and temporarily exclude Word files. See if that gets rid of the message. I would NOT leave Word files excluded, but see (as a test) what happens.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also, is the file located on a network drive?  Or is it local?

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@brothertruffle880 - Thanks, and I was happy to help you with this.

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